TORONTO, May 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Canadian Bioceutical Corporation (the “Company” or “BCC”) (CSE:BCC) (OTCQB:CBICF) announced that BCC common shares will commence trading in the United States on the OTCQB Marketplace under the symbol “CBICF”, effective today, May 22, 2017. Additionally, the Company has applied with the Depository Trust Company (DTC) for its shares to become DTC eligible, and anticipates approval within the next two weeks.
"We are executing well on our aggressive expansion strategy to becoming a significant operator in the U.S. cannabis space, and upgrading to the OTCQB is a good reflection of our corporate development," said Scott Boyes, CEO of BCC. “Furthermore, the move significantly expands our addressable U.S. investor universe, which we believe will contribute towards greater visibility and liquidity.”
The OTCQB Venture Market is for early-stage and developing U.S. and international companies. To be eligible, companies must be current in their financial reporting, pass a minimum bid price test and undergo an annual company verification and management certification process. The OTCQB quality standards provide a strong baseline of transparency, as well as the technology and regulation to improve the information and trading experience for investors.
The Company's common shares will continue to trade under the symbol "BCC" on the Canadian Securities Exchange.
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About The Canadian Bioceutical Corporation
BCC, an Ontario corporation, through its wholly owned subsidiaries in the U.S., provides substantial management, staffing, procurement, advisory, financial, real estate rental, logistics and administrative services to two medicinal cannabis enterprises in Arizona operating under the Health for Life (dispensaries) and MPX (high-margin concentrates wholesale) brands. The successful Health for Life (“H4L”) brand operates in the rapidly growing Phoenix Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) with a population of 4.6 million people. The award winning Melting Point Extracts (“MPX”) brand is carried by over 40% of Arizona dispensaries.
The Company is supporting development of a third licensed dispensary in Arizona. Additionally, BCC is expanding its U.S. footprint, acquiring additional assets supporting cultivation, production and up to three dispensaries in Massachusetts, as well as a cultivation and production wholesale business in Nevada. Both Massachusetts and Nevada are implementing legalization of adult use.
The Company also leases a property in Owen Sound, Ontario, for which an application to Health Canada has been made for a cannabis production and sales license. In addition, the Company will continue its efforts related to its legacy nutraceuticals business.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information
This news release includes certain "forward-looking statements" under applicable Canadian securities legislation that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results, performance, prospects, and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to, the completion of the announced acquisitions in Arizona, Maryland, Massachusetts and Nevada, expansion of cultivation capacity and concentrate yields, the Canadian and U.S. political and regulatory environment, availability of financing and BCC's objectives and intentions. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based on a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: general business, economic and social uncertainties; litigation, legislative, environmental and other judicial, regulatory, political and competitive developments, completion of the announced acquisitions in Arizona, Maryland, Massachusetts and Nevada, delay of expansion of cultivation capacity and concentrate yields, availability of financings, delay or failure to receive board, shareholder or regulatory approvals; those additional risks set out in BCC's public documents filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com; and other matters discussed in this news release. Although BCC believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing the forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on these statements, which only apply as of the date of this news release, and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed time frames or at all. Except where required by law, BCC disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.